More than a million people have used Invisalign to successfully straighten their teeth. Many people prefer clear braces to traditional braces because the treatment time is often faster, the braces can be removed for eating and brushing, and the braces are much less visible. Before you receive Invisalign, though, you should make sure you’re a good candidate. Here are three questions to consider if you’re interested in Invisalign:
How old are you?
Invisalign is a great option for adults and older teenagers. Teens are sometimes self-conscious about braces, and older teens who are getting ready to go to the prom or graduate high school usually don’t want metal brackets on their teeth. Adults also usually prefer clear braces that are less noticeable than traditional braces.
Invisalign is also better for adults and older teens because their teeth are finished growing. Younger kids whose teeth are still growing may not be good candidates for Invisalign. Your dentist or orthodontist can provide more information about the right age to use Invisalign.
How severe is your case?
Invisalign is better for treating mild issues than it is for treating more severe issues. The treatment could be a good option for you if you have minor dental issues like bite irregularities, overly crowded teeth, or widely spaced teeth.
However, if the dental issues are more serious, your dentist or orthodontist will probably recommend traditional braces. Tipped or rotated teeth and teeth that are severely crowded or widely spaced usually require metal braces. Metal braces are also typically needed if you have multiple missing teeth or if your upper and lower jaw muscles have trouble working together.
How committed will you be to keeping the braces in?
Invisalign braces are removable, but they need to be kept in for at least 22 hours per day to be effective. You should remove the braces to eat and brush your teeth, but they should be kept in at all other times.
Being able to remove the Invisalign braces while you eat is a great benefit of the treatment, but it also can create the temptation to take the braces out more frequently. If you’re interested in Invisalign, you should be very committed to fixing your smile and straightening your teeth. If you think you’ll remove the braces for more than a couple hours per day or you’ll forget to put them back in after eating, traditional braces may be a better option for you.
If you are thinking about getting Invisalign and are in the Chandler or Gilbert Arizona areas call us at 480-306-5506